Essential Trading is a worker co-operative established in 1971. At Essential we strive towards creating a truly ethical company, and believe this has a positive impact along the entire food chain.
We wholesale, manufacture and distribute organic wholefoods across the UK and beyond. We hold over 5,700 product lines which incorporate many healthy options and foods for special diets - quality and nutrition that aims to make a real difference.
With a turnover of approximately £12 million and employing around 85 people we are one of the largest successful worker co-operatives in the UK. Proud of our social enterprise roots, we aim to be a model employer and strive to apply our ethical beliefs inside Essential as well as in the local community and out in the wider marketplace. We have main offices and warehousing in Fishponds, Bristol and two retail sites in Bristol and Bath under the ‘Harvest’ banner.
The Essential brand contains no colours, flavours or modifiers. Our tinned pulses contain no sugar or salt, our fruits are packed in fruit juice. We are pioneers in developing organic and fairtrade storecupboard essentials, ecological alternatives and ingredients.
Everything is traceable, wholesome, packed with goodness and nothing else.